Odd selection of one drop anthems

VP/Greensleeves’ The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems compilation is back after a one year absence. This sixth edition is released in the same style as the 2009 version – a single CD with no bonus DVD or extra treat. You get 17 tunes from both well-known artists and lesser-known ones.

But this release differs from the previous versions in one particular respect – I can’t seem to find any smash hits. And I can’t figure out the selection criteria. There are several important tunes missing – Let’s Do it Again by J Boog (or any cut on the Major riddim), Tarrus Riley’s Never Leave I, Sizzla’s Ghetto Youth’s Rise or Times Like These by Queen Ifrica being just four examples.

Nevertheless, there is some great music included. Romain Virgo is in fine shape on the majestic I Am Rich in Love, and so is the late J.O.E on Rasta Chant. The most familiar tune is probably Put the Stereo On by Gappy Ranks, a tune also included on his debut album.

There is also some U.S. reggae represented. Midnite with their How to Answa and Alone from The Green. VP/Greensleeves have also put in Gentleman’s Changes, a tune released in 2009. The reason is probably that this German singjay is about to move into the U.S. market.

Despite several odd picks The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2011 is a fairly good introduction to the one drop scene 2010-2011.

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